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Opening Weekend Kicks Off the 2017-2018 Academic Year

By Gerianne Wright
August 2017

One of the first signs of the end of summer is the return of more than 5,000 students to SUNY Plattsburgh and the City of Plattsburgh for the start of the fall 2017 semester.

Move-in weekend is slated for Aug. 26-27 and is packed with activities before classes start on the morning of Aug. 28.

View Opening week information for new and returning students.

“Opening weekend is one of the most exciting times of the academic year,” said Bryan Hartman, vice president of student affairs who also moved onto the SUNY Plattsburgh campus for the first time as a transfer in 1985.

Residence halls open Aug. 26 at 8 a.m. Complimentary coffee and donuts will be served 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. from the concessions trailer at Algonquin Dining Hall. Tim Hortons in the Angell College Center will be open 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.

"Opening weekend is meant to help students feel excited to be here and to help them understand the length to which the college goes to make them feel supported."

Free Picnic Lunch

Beginning at 11:30 a.m., students, their families and friends can help themselves to a free picnic lunch outside Champlain Valley Hall. Carnival games and more will be held on the hall lawn. Lunch is served until 2:30 p.m. Griddles and Subway in the ACC will be open from 2:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., and Clinton Dining Hall opens for dinner at 4 p.m. The Sundowner, also in the ACC, is open 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday.

For students’ convenience, the campus store, in Saranac Hall, is open 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Saturday and again on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

New students can learn their way around campus on bikes available for borrowing at Memorial Hall from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and the fitness center, recreation office and gym are open in Memorial Hall from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Saturday beginning at 8 p.m. in the ACC Warren ballrooms, illusionist Elliot Zimet will perform. BINGO will be featured as the first Late Night Weekends program in the Sundowner beginning at 9 p.m.

“We enthusiastically welcome both new and returning members of the campus community,” Hartman said of the almost carnival-like atmosphere. “Students are met with this incredible feeling when they arrive — this positive energy that helps them feel welcomed.”

Students, their parents, resident advisers and volunteers converge onto the sidewalks along Rugar Street and Sanborn Avenue, with supplies and bedding, tchotchkes and treasures from home piled and waiting to be brought into rooms.

“Starting college for the first time or transitioning to a new institution can be stressful,” he said. “Opening weekend is meant to help them feel excited to be here and to help them understand the length to which the college goes to make them feel supported.”

Students can visit the annual Move-In Weekend Involvement Fair Sunday outside Clinton Dining Hall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Matriculation Ceremony

The annual Matriculation Ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. in E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium, Hawkins Hall, where students are officially welcomed to SUNY Plattsburgh.  Immediately following matriculation, members of the Class of 2021 are asked to gather at Memorial Hall Field for a class photo. Freshmen are encouraged to participate and wear red.

All students in residence halls are required to attend their first floor meetings, which begin at 7 p.m. Sunday. After that, they can head over to the college center ballrooms to watch the film, “Baywatch.”


Photo of a group of students on move-in day

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Contact Information

For more information about SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Phone: (518) 564-2040
Toll-free: (888) 673-0012